...A five-speed manual transmission was standard while a four-speed automatic was available as an option. In addition, features such as leather seats and a sunroof were available as options on most versions of the '99 Beetle, and as standard equipment on higher-end trims such as the GLX 1.8T Turbo.Overall, drivers were very happy with the New Beetle, finding positive points in its handling, uniqueness, gas economy, and even its roominess (for a small car). Most were happy with the engine and transmission, though some drivers noted they had problems with the powerplant, and a few had to replace...
...* Of course, compromises must still be made, and they have nothing to do with this Beetle being the only Beetle with front-wheel drive and a water-cooled engine. While critics were awash with the fun and frolic of the car, they tended to overlook that only when two people are on board, and rear seats are folded flat, is there much trunk space. It's still a noisy little rascal. External and rearview mirrors are tiny enough for dental work. And there's that wasted space of a far-reaching dashboard and distant w indshield. Five acres at least, and will build to suit. On a clear day you can...
...Its target audience is men, women, and young people or people who are simply young at heart. "The company that loves people" wants drivers. And essentially, they want you, whoever you are. The safety system features energy-absorbing crush zones, pretensioning safety belts, daytime running lights, dual airbags and optional side airbags for front-seat passengers. Other cool standard features include four beverage holders, a remote locking system, anti-theft alarm, a passenger assist handle above the glove compartment, driver and passenger height adjusters, mesh pockets on the doors, and a bud...
...I detected only one flaw in our test car: The air-bag warning light wouldn't go off, despite a trip to the dealer for a fix. Everything else worked flawlessly. Our test car came with leather upholstery, which added $850 to the price tag. The front bucket seats, though somewhat hard, provided good support. I took some extended trips in the Beetle and felt fine. The upholstery is perforated and looks good. It also helps keep the heat from building between your body and the seat. Rear seat room is good for a small car. There is plenty of headroom, and two adults can ride in the back comfortably...
...Diesel stations are substantially fewer in number than gasoline stations, especially in urban areas. Refueling requires more planning, which could be a disincentive for buyers. Praise: An excellently crafted car. Superior build quality. Comfortable. Superior fuel economy. The TDI diesel Beetle proves that practicality and fun can have a passionate relationship. Head-turning quotient: Total eye candy. Smiles for miles. There is nothing, zilch, nada on the road that looks like a new Beetle, especially in yellow. Ride, acceleration and handling: Aces for ride and handling. Decent acceleration...
...They've got the evocation down. Now they're working on performance. The 1.8T, which goes on sale this week, is powered by a transverse-mounted, 4-cylinder, 20-valve engine that cranks out 150 horsepower. (Pickering points out that he has a Judson supercharger that he could slap onto his 1953 Bug and boost it from 36 to 50 horses.) Folks who rushed out to buy the 1998s or the early 1999s may soon be found back in the showroom once word of this model gets out -- which is, after all, how the car business works. The 5-speed shifter clicks deftly through the gears without the clumsy long throw of...
...rear-window defroster, front and rear floor mats, power locks, dual power outlets, AM/FM cassette, remote fuel filler and trunk lid release, eyeglass holder in headliner, center console with three cupholders, power windows and pollen/dust/odor filter. The test vehicle also came with standard bud vase with a bud, along with a new standard item-- a book of poetry in the glove box--"Songs for the Open Road: Poems of Travel and Adventure." What next, a copy of "Martha Stewart Living" in the map pocket? Volkswagen says it expects to sell 70,000 Beetles in the U.S. this year, 30 percent of them the...
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